Trails and Terrain

Closing weekend at Vail

Apr. 18, 2015

Closing weekend at Vail

Snowy conditions on Saturday morning, April 18.

Welcome to the final days of Vail’s 2014 – 2015 winter season! From the sunshine and a few fresh inches of snow to Spring Back to Vail; we are glad you’re joining us to celebrate another great season at Vail.

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Get to Know Kevin Bentley: Snowboard Instructor and former NFL Player

Apr. 6, 2015

The Vail Ski and Snowboard School is renowned for its excellence, and the cornerstone of that reputation is the instructors themselves. From ex-NFL players to former Olympians to long-time Vail locals, in this series we introduce you to just a sampling of this widely diverse group of expert skiers and riders.

Kevin Bentley is from Los Angeles, California and is a snowboard instructor for Lionshead Adult Snowboard School.

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Vail’s Black Diamond Groomers

Apr. 1, 2015


Skiing China Bowl’s Poppyfields on spring mornings is a tradition among long time locals

Any given morning, Vail usually opens with at least half a dozen black diamond runs groomed over night. Many of these trails get groomed on a weekly basis, such as Riva Ridge, while others like Roger’s Run, are groomed only a few times each season.The reason for grooming these runs intermittently is to tame oversized moguls, avalanche mitigation, or just to create a new challenge for skiers.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be in Vail This Spring

Apr. 1, 2015

sunshine Vail

We’re in the midst of one of the best times of year to be in Vail!

Spring in Vail means powder days in between bluebird days, sun-filled afternoons on the snow, goggle tans from on-mountain picnics, barbeques and après, great events and even better deals.

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A Short History of Grooming Snow

Mar. 31, 2015

032015_Vail_RivaRidge_RicMorenoContro (1)Riva Ridge is groomed at least once a week

Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though flattening snow into a compacted surface to allow easier and faster travel has been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years – mainly by having horses haul heavy farming rollers – it wasn’t until the 1950’s, right here in Colorado, that snow grooming began as we know it today.

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EpicMix Guide

Mar. 17, 2015

EpicMix Guide Vail Kari Mohr

This is my 5th winter skiing Vail and I’ll admit that I often just use my same-old, tried-and-true paths around the mountain…over and over again. Do they work? Absolutely. Do I have fun? Always. But everyone needs to change up their routine now and then.

So it was with some excitement that I decided to try out the newest addition to EpicMix, Guide. EpicMix Guide got its start in December of 2014 at a number of Vail Resorts mountains: Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons in Park City, Utah, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and, of course, Vail.

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Vail’s On-Mountain Decks

Mar. 10, 2015

Parker’s Deck (aka Window’s Deck) offers some of the best views of the mountain

When the weather is sunny on Vail Mountain, there is no better place to sit during your lunch break than one the many decks and grills offered at Vail. Some are easy to find, others are out of the way, but each one has its own unique reason to drop by, if anything just to sit down for a second and enjoy the scenery.

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